Dickenson, Smiley and Deegan achieved their best results yet in the UK Clio Cup – ironically in race one when weather conditions were possibly at the most atrocious the championship has ever known.
Team Pyro’s Dickenson came off better in a squabble with Ciceley’s Max Coates to finish in fourth, JamSport’s Smiley was fifth and Cooksport’s Deegan ninth.
For Cooksport’s Collingbourne, ninth place in race two was his best result of the season so far.
Pyro’s Bushell and JamSport’s Whorton-Eales, meanwhile, took turns to rack up their third and seventh wins respectively of 2016 – significantly with a maximum score, achieved by also scoring the bonus points on offer for setting the race’s fastest lap.
It was the second time this year that each man had managed the maximum and, as has been documented elsewhere, the results at Rockingham mean they go into Silverstone’s forthcoming penultimate rounds tied for the championship lead.
Notably these were the third wins for both men at Rockingham – only Rivett and 2010 Champion Dave Newsham have as many there.
Furthermore Bushell’s win at Rockingham was only the second time this year that a driver has achieved the ‘clean sweep’ of pole position, race victory and fastest lap. The other occasion? That’ll be Bushell again, at Oulton Park in June…
Drawing comparisons, this time last year Ash Hand led the table with the 386 points to Whorton-Eales’s 369, eventual Champion Ashley Sutton’s 349. Paul Rivett in fourth had 303. This time around the top four reads: Bushell 366; Whorton-Eales 344; Coates 293; Rivett 285. It’s all got that bit more competitive in 2016…
Bushell and Collingbourne meanwhile are also now among only five drivers to boast 100 per cent finishing records in 2016 – the others being Coates, Cooksport’s Lee Pattison and Finesse Motorsport’s Paul Streather. Pattison and Streather it must be said did well to keep this up at Rockingham after various dramas forced each to make pit stops. Also it is only Bushell, Coates, Pattison and Streather who have scored points in every race (Collingbourne had a finish outside the hallowed top 20 at Brands Hatch in early April).
Prior to Rockingham Cooksport’s George Jackson had been part of the exclusive ‘100% club’, too. But then of course came lap one, race two at the Northants circuit when he dramatically rolled into retirement.
Over and out!